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Offbeat ‘30s gardening book celebrates botanical artists Evelyn Dunbar and Charles Mahoney

Alison Oldham looks at the re-release of this illustrated book, which was first published in 1937.

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The grounds and exterior of Woolley Grange

Woolley Grange: where eggs and kids are free range

Bridget Galton and family visited the 17th century hotel that started the idea of luxury family stays and found a relaxing mix of quality downtime, good food and culture.

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A Red Admiral on Buddleia. Picture: Nigel Sutton

How can we help stop the decline of bees?

Ruth Pavey looks at how wildlife friendly gardening could benefit pollinating insects.

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False widow spider species found in the south of England. Picture: The Natural History Museum

Should we be worried about an ‘attack of giant spiders?

Bob Gilbert looks at the hysteria surrounding false black widows.

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Senergize

Can Thai yoga massage benefit mind as well as body?

Alex Bellotti visits King’s Cross practice Senergize to try this unusual style of massage first hand.

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From Hampstead Heath to Regents Park, the outdoor spaces of north London make for some excellent exercise motivation

Top 3 properties close to local fitness facilities

Fitness is for life, not just for January, These three properties will help you take advantage of the best outdoor and indoor fitness facilities North London has to offer all year round.

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The Murlo Castle from villa Torre. Picture: Simon McBride

Umbria, travel review: ‘Where life goes in hand with the land’

Bridget Galton found staying on an exclusive private estate in this Italian region a tranquil and gastronomic delight.

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Independent London wine producers The Bunch offer long-rewarding delights

Exploring smaller merchants this year can reap rich rewards for wine lovers, says Liz Sagues.

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Tartiflette. Picture: Kerstin Rodgers

Ms Marmite Lover: This cheesy Tartiflette is a taste of Alpine living

Faced with little snow and fear at even a blue run, Kerstin Rodgers, aka MsMarmiteLover, found solace in potatoes, cream and local Reblochon cheese on her recent Alpine holiday.

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Singer songwriter Ana Silvera

Festival of the Mind returns to Finchley Road

Ana Silvera, spoken word poet Leah Thorn and Dr Joseph Berke are among the guests at this thought-provoking event, says Daniel Wittenberg.

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Wildlife: Kestrels are a rarer sight now, but not if you know where to look

Bob Gilbert looks at how these beautiful, slim birds of prey have adapted over the years.

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Anna Day & Ellie Jauncey  of The Flower Appreciation Society making Christmas wreaths at their workshop in Islington. Picture: Nigel Sutton

The Flower Appreciation Society: florists for the digital age

Ruth Pavey takes a look at the duo’s new book, as well as Margaret Willes’ latest work, A Shakespearean Botanical.

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The Snowman, Peacock Theatre, review: ‘Enduringly magic’

This ballett’s jaunty dances and enchanting visuals will captivate any young minds, says Andrew Geehan.

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Snowshoe hiking in Sulwald.  Picture: Jost von Allmen

Travel: It’s worth waiting for the white stuff in Switzerland

Non-skier Bridget Galton finds that snowfall is a feast or a famine during a trip to the Bernese alps.

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Isabella Segal, a partner at Nyman Lisbon Paul accountancy firm

How transgender businesswoman Isabella Segal is leading the way in the workplace

Alex Bellotti talks to the Hampstead accountancy expert about ‘coming out’ to clients, transitioning and what more can be done for transgender rights.

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Azolla Weevil

How Hampstead Heath is controlling the rapid spread of knotweed

City Corporation of London’s conservation team explain why they are taking biological solutions to control north London’s most rampant greenery.

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From Wembley stadium to Finchley Road: north London’s top winter wonderlands

Whether the kids fancy a spin on an ice rink or a visit to Santa’s grotto, there’s plenty of Christmas cheer to be found locally, says Bridget Galton.

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Oslo's main shopping street, Karl Johans Street, decorated for Christmas (Photo: VISIT OSLO/Frits Solvang)

Find your own winter wonderland in Oslo

Close your eyes and imagine a perfect Christmas scene. If it features pine trees, log fires and a smattering of snow then Norway is the perfect festive getaway for you.

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Livigno

Tax-free Livigno is well and truly back in ski fashion, hosting Nine Knights air comp

Emma Bartholomew checks out the quirky 3,000m high Italian resort, which is enjoying a revival of popularity thanks to its ‘snow-sure’ status and bargain prices.

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Black Friday will see shoppers stock up on Christmas gifts at a reduced price ahead of the festive season.

The best BLACK FRIDAY deals from Great British Life

Reportedly the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday will see shoppers stock up on Christmas gifts and electrical goods at a reduced price ahead of the festive season. Here we share the discounts on offer at Great British Life available 27 - 30 November 2015

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Paul Richens, manager & founder of The Skip Garden in King's Cross. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Skip Garden provides a Nomadic oasis in the heart of Kings Cross

Re-purposed skips and coffee bags lend rich city colour to this interesting, purposeful garden, says Ruth Pavey.

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Education

Ed Miliband returned to his old school, Haverstock, to talk to pupils. Picture: Jack Woodhouse

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband MP returns to his old Camden school

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband returned to his old Camden school as part of a national education campaign to encourage alumni to inspire current pupils.

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Euston: Busy and businessy but with hidden gems and good value zone 1 property

Come for the commute, stay for the culture. The area between Euston Station and Mornington Crescent harbours hidden delights, with museums, musical instruments and even a magical HQ.

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Obituaries

Margaret Forster with husband Hunter Davies. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Hunter Davies pays tribute after novelist Margaret Forster dies at Hampstead hospice

Acclaimed novelist Margaret Forster has died at Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead, her husband Hunter Davies announced today.

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Sony Smart Ultra HD 55'' LED TV

Win a Sony Smart Ultra HD 55” LED TV

Enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in your living room with the Sony Smart Ultra 55’’ LED TV. Be the envy of all your friends with this huge TV- you can change your living room into your own cinema! Get the boys around to watch the football or get the girls around to watch the DVD of 50 Shades.. this is a prize that everyone would enjoy! Stand a chance to upgrade your current entertainment system by wining this fantastic prize.

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